How deep is the mire in Salzburg? A lawyer's view
The latest state criticisms of the Salzburg Festival have been pooh-poohed by the administration and it’s business as usual in the musical fortress. A resident lawyer has sent us this assessment of the situation. Unlike the festival chiefs, Dr Peter Ramsauer does not expect the criticism to go away. Here’s his report: Salzburg Festival Woes […]
Get fit with the Olympianist
Despite legal rumblings from the organisers of the London Olympics, who want to protect their brand from any show of spontaneous enthusiasm, the Olympianist Anthony Hewitt is pressing ahead with his plan to cycle and play the length of the UK with a piano in his BeethoVan. He launches Sunday week at the Wigmore Hall. […]
Who really discovered that unplayed piece by Brahms?
It wasn’t the ones who said they did, asserts this New York antiquarian. Read on here. And watch this:
Criticising the critics: let's start at the top
Many of America’s best music critics are away this week, teaching a course in criticism for the new Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute at Oberlin Conservatory, in Ohio. The tutors are New Yorker critic Alex Ross; Washington Post critic Anne Midgette; Wall Street Journal critic Heidi Waleson; former Washington Post critic Tim Page, currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California; […]
Just in: Baroque band plays music from the movies. Rather well.
The Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau and her all-girl ensemble La Pietà are usually heard playing music of Vivaldi and his epoch. They also play post-modern minimalism. When the day’s hard scratching is done they, like the rest of us, head off to relax with a meal and a movie – which is what their new […]
Salzburg Festivals branded 'financially irresponsible'
An Austrian state auditor, Joseph Moser, has described the financial management systems at the Salzburg festivals as being ‘unworthy of an organisation with a one million Euro turnover, let alone 50 million.’ Dr Moser said there was too much cash slushing around in plain envelopes for artist payments. Up to 6.83 million Euros a year, […]
Wanted: more women in jazz
The federal German academy for youth and music education in Trossingen has come up with a gender-heavyu theme for its next conference. It is titled ‘Young Women in Jazz’ and addresses the under-representation of one half of the German race in a particular music genre. I wonder why. Read on.
Students tell NEC's Woodcock: you screwed up
The first response has come in from those directly affected by the sacking of Benjamin Zander from the New England Conservatory and its Youth Philharmonic Orchestra – supposedly over his engagement of a videographer with a sex crime in his distant past. The students have weighed the evidence and found it wanting. None of them […]
Too fat to enjoy concerts
A concertgoer at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, found that excess weight prevented her from enjoying the music. Jacquie Wittstock said she spent much of the time worrying how her bulk affected the people around her. She eventually decided that the only way to go to concerts was to lose weight. She shed 11 stone (about 70kg) […]
Orchestra agrees 80% pay cut to keep City Opera alive – just
Details emerging of the deal between City Opera and the musicians union shows that the orchestra all but rolled over and played dead. They have agreed to slash minimum annual earnings per player from $40,000 to $7,000. That suggests City Opera won’t be playing much nextb year – if at all. More here.